The reality of orphans and vulnerable children, address to African European Parliamentary consultation on children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS in Africa - Capetown, South Africa

Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu

HIV prevalence rates don’t tell the whole story. They don’t tell us that for every individual who has the virus, dozens of other people’s lives are turned upside down - wives, children, sisters, parents, neighbours and even local authorities. Among them, the lives of the women and children are rocked hardest. In many places, if a husband dies, the wife is left powerless; she may find herself suddenly destitute, without food, a home, land or savings and without recourse or remedy in law. She may even lose custody of her children.

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